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Co-sponsor the Democracy for All Amendment!

Urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor the Democracy for All constitutional amendment that would allow reasonable limits on campaign spending and restore the voices of American voters.
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Events

Fair Elections Pledge Event

November 19, 2015 - November 19, 2015

Help fight for Fair Elections in Chicago! We will be collecting signatures from supporters of campaign finance reform at the intersection of Clark/Broadway/Diversey and the surround areas.

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In Your Community

If We Pull Together

Wilkes-Barre, PA June 10, 2014

I was born to working class parents. My father was a coal miner. The area I grew up in was always strong union and strong democrat. I have traveled a bit, mostly on the bum. For awhile I was... More

Improve Our Elections

Kent, WA June 10, 2014

I became interested in Common Cause because I was looking for an organization that would work hard to make sure our elections are fair, open, and honest; and work to reduce the avalanche... More

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Legislation

Voter Empowerment Act of 2013

January 23, 2013

To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.

Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

January 16, 2014

To amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.

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Litigation

Facebook DOJ Complaint

September 7, 2017

Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential election in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Common Cause v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

July 14, 2017

--- The nonpartisan good government watchdog group Common Cause filed suit to protect the privacy rights of voters, specifically seeking to prevent “the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans,” by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration.

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Multimedia

"Lessons of Watergate" Keynote: It Takes a Scandal - Russ Feingold

March 15, 2013

The Honorable Russ Feingold is a former Democratic Senator from Wisconsin and the founder of Progressives United. From the Watergate debacle, to the scandals that ushered in the McCain-Feingold reforms, to the potential corruption unleashed by the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United, Sen. Feingold shares his insights on the struggle to confront the corrupting power of big money in elections after Watergate and identifies opportunities for advancing a reform agenda in the current political and legal landscape. This keynote speech was given on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info

"Lessons of Watergate" Panel: Congressional Oversight and Media Scrutiny

March 15, 2013

The actions taken by Congress and the courts and the response of an independent press to uncover the full extent of the Watergate abuses were unprecedented in our nation's history. Featuring: Moderator: Al Hunt -- executive Washington editor of Bloomberg News � Francis O'Brien -- chief of staff to chair, House Judiciary Committee � Terry Lenzner - assistant counsel, Senate Watergate Committee � Jack Farrell -- Investigative journalist, "Richard Nixon: An American Tragedy" (forthcoming) This panel took place on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

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Democracy Wire

Common Cause Welcomes Yosef Getachew as Director of Media & Democracy Program

February 12, 2018; Press Release, Status Update

Common Cause is pleased to announce that Yosef Getachew has joined Common Cause as the Director of the Media and Democracy Program. Getachew will work hand-in-glove with former FCC Commissioner & Common Cause Special Advisor Michael Copps and lead campaigns to engage the public and policy makers on key initiatives including promoting an open internet, fostering competition in the media marketplace, and ensuring broadband access for all Americans.

California Local Redistricting Project Releases New Tool to Facilitate Local Redistricting Reform

February 12, 2018; Press Release, Status Update

Today, the California Local Redistricting Project – a joint project of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law’s Capital Center for Law & Policy and California Common Cause – announced the release of a new tool to enable local governments to fight redistricting abuse at the local level. The Project’s ordinance generator, hosted at www.localredistricting.org/generator, enables any user to easily draft a sample ordinance for establishing a local, independent redistricting commission, which is considered a vital redistricting best practice by good government watchdogs.

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Press Releases

Effort to Impeach Pennsylvania Supreme Court Over Congressional Districts Ruling is Disgraceful

February 7, 2018

Pennsylvania State Rep. Cris Dush is calling for the impeachment of the justices on the state Supreme Court who ruled in favor of a redrawing of the state's congressional map ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Rep. Dush circulated a letter addressed to the state House on Monday arguing that the five Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices behind the decision violated the state constitution by usurping authority from the state constitution.

D.C. Mayor Bowser Should Sign Citizen-Financed Election Bill to Clean Up Elections

February 6, 2018

D.C. residents want their government back from special interests and Mayor Bowser should sign the citizen-financed election bill passed unanimously by the City Council. I testified in support of this legislation because I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact citizen-financed elections can bring about after I helped pass Connecticut’s Citizens’ Election Program.

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Research & Reports

Dangerous Path Report

December 2, 2015

There is a threat to our democracy so severe it is shocking it has gone unnoticed this long, or been dismissed as impossible by the few who know about it and should be sounding the alarm. Given the current hyper-partisan environment of U.S. politics, the power of special and corporate interests in the post-Citizens United era the call for a convention poses a huge threat to the nation.

Money Talks: The State of Public Financing in California

March 19, 2015

This report outlines several frameworks for public financing solutions, gives an overview of the state of public financing in California, and provides additional resources for model public financing bills.

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General Content

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Staff

Dan Vicuña

National Redistricting Manager, Common Cause, Programs

Dan Vicuña is National Redistricting Manager for Common Cause.

David Vance

National Media Strategist, Communications

David Vance is the National Media Strategist for Common Cause. He works with staff at the national and state level generate media to amplify the voice and strategically advance the democracy reform agenda of the national organization and its 35 state offices.

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